Community Outreach and Global Health Librarian

This position reports to the Head of Clinical and Statewide Engagement (CaSE) and works with members of the CaSE team and other HSL departments to support students and faculty seamlessly to respond to needs that arise from their academic work and clinical practice.
Primary purpose of position: 
Build relationships with practitioners, researchers, staff, and students in order to collaborate on a variety of state-wide and University health outreach and research projects. Develop and present workshops to members of the public on health literacy skills, and to students, researchers, and clinicians on patient literacy concepts. Partner with UNC’s global health researchers, faculty, and staff to identify needs and provide support for research and teaching activities on campus and in UNC’s global sites (e.g., Project Malawi, China, and Nicaragua).
Principal responsibilities:
Partners with UNC global health projects to support global health research and teaching

  • Identifies needs, plans and provides information and education services to support evidence-based practice in global health projects.
  • Builds relationships with global health practitioners, researchers, and students working on global health projects.
  • Identifies and participates in regional and campus-wide global health meetings and conferences.
  • Conducts in-depth expert literature searches as requested to support global health research and teaching.
  • Assists global health research teams in managing information and data across the research lifecycle by consulting on grant seeking, data management plans, data visualizations, presentations, and scholarly publication.
  • Assesses and shares information specific to global health needs with library staff and administration.
  • Recommends collection purchases that support global health research and teaching.
  • Designs and implements appropriate assessment of global health services provided.
  • Identifies sources of funding to support the library’s global health outreach and research.

Seeks opportunities to provide health literacy training to health professionals and the public in rural and underserved communities in North Carolina

  • Presents patient literacy concepts to health professionals and students working in community hospitals, health centers, and primary care practices throughout the state.
  • Uses the library’s curricula for teaching health professionals how to write materials adhering to best practices for health literacy and how to use methods for communicating with patients.
  • Consults with health professionals and students on methods for improving patient and/or scientific communication and addressing misinformation.

Professional Development

  • Participates in education programs to build subject domain knowledge and to stay current with relevant information management tools and data sources specific to global health, particularly in subjects relevant to current outreach assignments.
  • Participates in training and education programs on best practices in systematic reviews and health literacy.

Supports cross-functional communication and accomplishment of Library goals

  • Participates in department and library-wide meetings, committees, educational offerings and other library groups as assigned.

REQUIRED Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • ALA-accredited master’s degree in library or information science, or related advanced degree.
  • Minimum of one-year post-degree relevant professional experience.
  • Ability to provide literature searches using a wide range of academic databases and other sources.
  • Ability to synthesize information from a variety of sources.
  • Excellent oral, written, analytical and interpersonal communication skills. Ability to multitask and set priorities in a dynamic environment.
  • Commitment to supporting a diverse user population and evidence of working collaboratively and cooperatively with a diverse group of colleagues.
  • The ability to travel domestically and internationally as assigned.

PREFERRED Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Experience in an academic health sciences library, hospital library, or other health-related library setting.
  • Experience in global settings such as service outreach, study abroad, Peace Corps, etc.
  • Experience working with underserved or rural populations.
  • Experience, certification, or degree in health informatics, public health, nursing, or other healthcare or global development-related field.
  • Experience using technology to deliver information services and instruction at the point of need, particularly in global settings.
  • Experience participating as a member of a systematic review team.
  • Knowledge of funding sources and grant writing, data management plans, and data visualization.
  • Conversational competency in a second language.

The University and The Libraries
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is the country’s oldest state university. UNC Chapel Hill has an enrollment of approximately 29,000 students, employs more than 3,500 members of the faculty, and offers 69 doctoral degrees as well as professional degrees in medicine, social work, information science, and law. The University Libraries, one of the largest research libraries in the south, is an essential part of the University’s educational and research efforts. It includes 9 libraries on campus, including the Health Sciences Library, Walter Royal Davis Library, Louis Round Wilson Special Collections Library, and the R.B. House Undergraduate Library. The University Libraries hold approximately 9.2 million volumes and extensive collections of manuscripts, audio visual, microforms, graphics, government documents and rare books.
The Libraries is a member of the Association of Research Libraries, the Council on Library and Information Resources, and the Center for Research Libraries. Together with the libraries at Duke University, North Carolina Central University, and North Carolina State University, the members of the Triangle Research Libraries Network (TRLN) provide services and collections to their students, faculty, and staff in support of the education, research, healing, and service missions of the universities.
The University Libraries is committed to increasing the diversity of its staff and welcomes applications from candidates who bring additional dimensions to our mission and work. The University Libraries invest proudly in our employees, strive to create a diverse environment of respect and collaboration, and encourage vision and innovation.
The Region
The Triangle region is one of the most desirable places to live and work in North America and offers its residents a wide array of recreational, cultural, and intellectual activities. The mountains or the seashore are less than half day’s drive from Chapel Hill.
Salary and Benefits
This is a twelve-month academic librarian appointment; salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience .  Standard state benefits of annual leave, sick leave, and State or optional retirement plan. At the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, librarians enjoy the benefit of academic status and are members of the faculty council.
Deadline for Application
Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.
To Apply
Please visit https://unc.peopleadmin.com/postings/217706  and complete the online application. Please include a cover letter that includes a statement of interest in the position, a resume, and the name, mailing address, email address, and telephone number of three professional references.
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is an equal opportunity employer that welcomes all to apply, including protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.